Mural Restoration Project + A QUICK GUIDE TO LES

Our group in front of the mural!

Our fantastic group with Yanusz in front of the mural. Thank you all for a great afternoon!

Our students helped to restore a community mural in the Lower East Side (LES).  The mural, titled Celebrating the Heroes of our City, was created in 2002 as a response to the events of 9/11, and has endured some wear and tear over the years.  A collaborative restoration project, sponsored by Disney and CITYarts,  started last June and will conclude in October 2013.  The project brings together various youth, professional artists, and volunteer groups in NYC to help restore the 210-foot long mural, which is a prominent feature of the Lower East Side neighborhood.

Students on scaffolding

The mural from a distance

On a warm and sunny afternoon, 30 of our students got in touch with their artistic side, working with local artist Yanusz Gilewicz. Some of the students bravely perched on scaffolding, painting new stars in the night sky. A couple of our students are studying art in school or artists themselves, and they were able to work on more detailed aspects of the mural, painting people’s faces.

One of our student artists working on a more detailed aspect of the mural

Students painting stars

Students adding new stars to the night sky

Raghdah and Amr in front of the mural

 Celebrating the Heroes of Our City is located at Henry Jackson Playground between Henry, Madison, and Jackson Streets.

One To World’s Staff Picks: Suzy’s QUICK Guide to the LES

Note from Suzy: I have a special spot in my heart for the LES. It was the first neighborhood I fell in love with when I first visited the city and the first neighborhood I lived in when I actually moved here.  I lived above Rocket Joe’s pizza on Delancey and Allen in a tiny apartment on the 5th floor. (Yes, it was a walk up!)  The LES is a historically immigrant neighborhood, and is one of most vibrant places in Manhattan, even during the day.  Here are some of my favorite things:

  • GET THERE: Take the F train to 2nd Ave or F/J/M/Z to Essex St or D/B to Grand St.
  • EAT: Souen (Japanese Soba Shop), Bereket (Turkish Kebabs), Pho Grand (Best & cheapest pho in the city, in my opinion)
  • DO: Lower East Side Tenement Museum (Learn about NYC’s immigrant history – both educational and fun!), Hester Street Fair (Pushcart fair, open Saturdays 10-6 until 10/26)